Webinar – Chinese Surveillance Technology and Global Digital Rights

28 Jul. 10:00 AM EDT

China has become a global leader in developing expansive surveillance technology. This technology is often implemented domestically, but there is a growing push for global expansion. China promotes the expansion of surveillance technology and practices abroad through diplomatic exchanges, law enforcement cooperation, and training programs. These efforts both expand the reach of surveillance technology and set norms that promote use of pervasive surveillance, with a significant impact on human rights and privacy.

This two-part panel event explores impacts and use of surveillance technology both domestically within China and internationally, looking at what these tech developments mean on a policy level and within the global surveillance tech ecosystem. We will also discuss how international actors can work together to build human rights and democratic resilience in the digital space, develop robust cybersecurity and data protection frameworks that address misuse of surveillance technology, and promote solutions to protect human rights.

This event is hosted by the Electronic Privacy Information center (EPIC). The Domestic Surveillance Panel will take place at 10 AM (ET) and the International Surveillance Panel will begin at 11:30 AM (ET) on July 28, 2022.

Please pre-register – you will receive a confirmation email after registering with details on how to join the webinar.


·      Bulelani Jili: EPIC Scholar-In-Residence and Research PhD Fellow in African and African American Studies Department focusing on Africa-China Relations at Harvard University

Domestic Surveillance Panel (10:00 am ET):

·      Dr. Ge Chen – Assistant Professor in Global Media and Information Law at the Durham Law School

·      Katja Drinhausen – Senior Analyst and Research Coordinator on Chinese Politics & Society at the Mercator Institute of China Studies (MERICS)

·      Karman Lucero – Fellow at Paul Tsai China Centre at Yale Law School

International Surveillance Panel (11:30 am ET):

·      Akhil Thomas – Policy and Program Support Fellow at Access Now

·      Maya Wang – Senior China Researcher at Human Rights Watch (Asia Division)

·      Rebecca Arcesati – Analyst at the Mercator Institute for China Studies (MERICS)

·      Raman Jit Singh Chima (Invited) – Asia Policy Director and Senior International Counsel at Access Now